Top 10 Thrillers to Read on Holiday

Recently we asked what you like to read on holiday, and many of you love a good thriller. We can’t blame you! Non-stop action, plenty of mystery and trying to guess whodunit, thrillers are the perfect companion to any lazy beach holiday.

If you’re looking for the next thriller to dig your teeth into it, check out our list of the top 10 thrillers to read on holiday:


Temperance Brennan series, Kathy Reichs

Also knowns as the Bones series, this collection of forensic crime thrillers are perfect if you want something to read on the beach. Customer Caroline Price says, “Love Kathy Reichs […] there’s nothing better than lying by the beach under an umbrella with a cold drink nearby enjoying life and reading a great book.”


The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train took the world by storm – and for good reason. It’s fast-paced and engrossing, and is sure to keep you up at night. Customer Bracken Harrowby says, “A shadowy thriller like Girl on a Train will keep you cool in the sun!”


Jack Reacher series, Lee Child

Recently made into a movie series starring Tom Cruise, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series is a classic choice for a holiday thriller.


Anything by James Patterson

If there’s one thing we learned about what our customers like to read on holiday, it’s that James Patterson is a solid choice. A lot of you said he’s the perfect travel companion, particularly his Alex Cross series, although classics like Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls were also highly favoured by you.


Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

No surprises here: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is one of the most popular thrillers of recent years, and will have you at the edge of your deckchair. Customer Isabell Whitenstall says, “Gone Girl is a favourite of mine. I’m never sure about the ending!”


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

If you’re looking for a book to keep you entertained whilst lounging on the beach, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a great choice. Customer Catherine Jackson says, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series: a good thriller is perfect for holidays.”


The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

This emotional book is another popular choice with our customers when it comes to holiday reads. Customer Sheena MacLellan says, “The Lovely Bones is my favourite book – it’s gripping right from page one.”


Angels and Demons, Dan Brown

Dan Brown is famous for writing high-paced thrillers, and Angels and Demons is one of his most popular yet. Customer Flynn Rebecca says, “I love any of Dan Browns books! I especially love to read them on holiday as it’s the only time where I get a few hours to myself where I can thoroughly enjoy the book!”


Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

If you fancy something a little different for your holiday read, Silence of the Lambs is an engrossing crime thriller that’s sure to work up an appetite. So to speak.


Need You Dead, Peter James

For something fast-paced and exciting, Peter James is a great choice. Customer Karen Hughes says, “I love a good thriller – anything with Peter James.” Need You Dead is his latest thriller, which you can most likely pick up at the airport before departure.